Maintenance Technician - 1st shift in Northlake IL

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Aspire Bakeries
Maintenance Technician - 1st shift
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Northlake IL
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Job Types:
Maintenance Technician, Mechanic/Mechanical Supervisor

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands likeLa Brea Bakery,Otis Spunkmeyer, andOakrun Farm Bakery. With 15bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.


  • Able to perform repairs, modifications, and installations of automated production equipment
  • Excellent mechanical and Safetyaptitude.
  • Must demonstrate excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Knowledge of VFDs, PLCs, and PLC programming on multiple platforms including RS Logix and Factory Talk View programming.
  • Knowledge of servo drives, motor controls, pneumatics, hydraulics, and power distribution.
  • Work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks with the capability of prioritizing and planning work activities.
  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness with the ability to improve and promote quality and safety.


  • Maintains troubleshoots, and repairs all manufacturing equipment such as wrappers, mixers, motors, conveyors, and refrigeration systems.
  • Installs control and distribution apparatus such as switches, relays, and circuit-breakers panels.
  • Connects power cables to equipment, such as electric range or motor, and installs grounding leads.
  • Monitors and ensures that the equipment is in excellent condition for operation.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on the equipment.
  • Repairs faulty equipment or systems.
  • Installs powers on the new manufacturing equipment.
  • Visually inspects and tests machinery and equipment.
  • Listens for unusual sounds from machines or equipment to detect malfunction and discusses machine operation variations with supervisors or other maintenance workers to diagnose problems or repair machines.
  • Dismantles defective machines and equipment and installs new or repaired parts.
  • Cleans and lubricates shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery.
  • Installs, modifies, and maintains pipe systems and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, and repairs and replaces gauges, valves, SOVs, pressure regulators, and related equipment.
  • Repairs and maintains physical structure of facility.
  • Installs, programs, or repairs automated machinery and equipment such as robots and PLCs.
  • Maintain current documentation of all electrical and control systems including device hardware and software.
  • Assist Mechanics and Electro-Mechanics in troubleshooting and repair of electrical or controls-related failures.
  • Train and coordinate activities of Electro-Mechanics on all shifts as necessary.
  • Work from offsite locations occasionally to assist with equipment troubleshooting and repair.
  • Maintain production equipment while running on a product production schedule. Perform electrical and mechanical inspection safely while equipment is in production.
  • During equipment down days, the Controls Technician will coordinate work on the production lines taking care of any corrective, preventive, or scheduled repairs in accordance with the company and/or machine vender specification.
  • In the event of an equipment breakdown the Controls Technician will oversee the Electro-Mechanical Technician to determine the cause of the trouble, repair and return the equipment back into production in the shortest time period.
  • Complete assigned tasks in accordance with government codes and regulations, GMP, safety, quality control, company programs, and procedures.
  • Primarily performs preventive, scheduled or corrective repairs on batching and continuous process control systems, their networks, AC/DC and servo drives, pneumatics, hydraulics and mechanical components.
  • Maintain plant secondary systems for the supply of steam, hot and chilled water, pneumatic air, electrical power, refrigeration, HVAC, and emissions control (oxidation).
  • Maintain work records in accordance with work orders, backlog, and job assignment system.
  • May travel to various locations to purchase parts, attend training, or for other duties.
  • Works to maintain and improve the quality, legality, and safety of each product and the processes used in their manufacture. Responsible for keeping assigned work area clean and tidy at all times and reporting any potential contamination and suspicious activity to a Supervisor immediately.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


  • Must have a High Schooldiploma or GED;Associates degree or certificate in electrical, mechanical, or industrial automation engineering or related degree(s) preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience maintaining manufacturing systems and equipment in an automated plant.
  • Rockwell PLC and Drives certification are highly desirable.
  • RS Logix and Factory Talk View programming.
  • Knowledge of ammonia refrigeration systems is highly desirable.
  • A background in full machine and electrical control system design, installation, and commissioning.
  • Food plant experience preferred.
  • Must have a strong mechanical background in a production setting troubleshooting and repairing gearboxes, conveyors, sprocket/chains, belts, clutches, and brakes.
  • Must be able to troubleshoot and repair electrical systems up to 480v 3 phase, read and interpret electrical drawings and P&IDs.
  • Knowledgeable in the use of all power tools, hand tools, welders, lathes, drill presses, etc.
  • Must be able to work any shift including weekends and holidays.

Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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